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    Default IPID recommends that Phahlane be suspended

    Cape Town - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate has told MPs that acting national police commissioner General Khomotso Phahlane should be suspended to prevent him interfering in IPID probes.

    IPID directors, including head Robert McBride, presented to a police briefing in Parliament on Tuesday about alleged interference by Phahlane and a North West police investigating team in internal probes.

    Phahlane and Major-General Ntebo Mabula are alleged to have intimidated IPID investigators who are looking into cases against Phahlane and others in the police.

    He should be put on leave or suspended, MPs heard.

    Phahlane was also present for the police portfolio committee meeting.

    This is a developing story.

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    Default EXCLUSIVE: IPID orders police boss to stay away from investigations

    Johannesburg - Police watchdog IPID has demanded that the acting police commissioner stay away from any investigation involving its officers.

    In a letter of demand sent to Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane, IPID alleges that he used his position to illegally obtain documents related to their investigation against him, and to which a suspect is not supposed to have access.

    The Independent Police Investigative Directorate makes the following demands in the letter:

    • That Phahlane stay away from any investigation by the SAPS into IPID officials;
    • that he ensure no police officers facing an IPID investigation become involved in any counter-investigation into IPID officials;
    • that the North West detective team ceases investigating IPID officers immediately;
    • that the case be handed to a police officer not under investigation by IPID or who reports to an officer who is under investigation by IPID.

    More at: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Ne...tions-20170524
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    Default IPID, SAPS stand off 'worrisome' - Mbalula

    Cape Town - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has admitted the relationship breakdown between the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) and the police, which was on display in Parliament last week, was "worrisome".

    Mbalula told journalists in Parliament on Tuesday that he was fully aware of the impasse between IPID and the SAPS when they were summoned to appear before the portfolio committee on police a week ago.

    "It is worrisome the posture that was taken before the committee, but nonetheless the portfolio committee called for that," he said at a pre-budget press briefing.

    "They basically called for both structures to appear, and it was a situation of back-and-forth, in terms of accusations and counter-accusations."

    He said as police minister, they must understand their legal responsibility first before he can act.

    "IPID must do its work, within the prescripts of the law, and at the same time ensure that those cases of police corruption are brought to book.

    "They must selfishly guard their own independence."

    Mbalula admitted that IPID was not enjoying the funding it deserved, after IPID head Robert McBride told Parliament earlier this month that they were struggling to stay afloat.

    He said it was a matter worth exploring.

    "We don't have any issue with regards to the investigations of any police official, be it the [acting] national police commissioner or anyone else.

    "We are looking at the issue, and we will respond when we are ready."

    Phahlane accusations


    Mbalula deflected questions about the acting national police commissioner's accusations that IPID had been "captured" by private investigator Paul O'Sullivan.

    He said Phahlane probably had cogent reasons for his belief, and that journalists should ask Phahlane himself.

    "I'm not his spokesperson, I'm his minister. So you should ask him."

    He said it was worrisome for him if IPID was not going to be IPID, but something else.

    "I want IPID to expose rogue behaviour, and bring it to book. I want them to be fully funded so they have got the capacity.

    "If they do not have capacity, they will fall into the hands of people with agendas. But I don't discuss national security with journalists, I talk about it in my cocoon."

    New permanent police commissioner

    He said the department will embark on the process of finding a new permanent police commissioner in the coming months, as suspended police commissioner Riah Phiyega's term comes to an end in June.

    "Before the end of the year, we will have another sheriff in town."

    Mbalula also touched on his ministry's upcoming budget, R87bn, and what plans he has for his department going forward.

    Various policies have been revised on his instruction, including the functioning of the detective services, the management of serial rape and murder, an anti-gang strategy, a "use of force" policy, and removing barriers to reporting on sexual offences and violent crimes.

    "Here in South Africa, there is no thug or gangster that can stop us from searching them.

    "It threatens our national security if some of our police force members are accused of being in the pockets of the gangsters."

    He also reaffirmed that the white paper on establishing a single, unified police service was in consultation phase.


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    Default IPID launches urgent application against police chief

    Johannesburg – The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has launched an urgent High Court application against the acting police commissioner, in a bid to stop any SAPS members with a personal interest in cases from investigating the police watchdog’s members.

    The application was filed in the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday. It is in response to the police charging two IPID officials, Mandlakayise Mahlangu and Temane Binang.

    The two have been leading the investigation into corruption and money laundering charges against Acting Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane.

    The application contains an affidavit by IPID executive director Robert McBride, who makes startling revelations about a North West detective team which is investigating Mahlangu and Binang. IPID is investigating numerous cases of torture against this team.



    It reveals that IPID’s case against Phahlane is at an advanced stage and has already been sent to the National Prosecuting Authority for prosecution.

    The respondents include Phahlane, North West commissioner Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane, his deputy Major General Ntebo Jan Mabula, North West head of commercial crimes investigations Brigadier Daniel Pharasa Ncube, and Police Minister Fikile Mbalula.

    IPID asks that the court declare it unlawful and/or unconstitutional for any SAPS member to undertake or oversee an investigation into a member of IPID, where that SAPS member has a personal interest in such investigation or is facing an IPID investigation.

    It asks that Phahlane, Motswenyane, Mabula and Ncube be interdicted from undertaking or overseeing investigations against Mahlangu and Binang.

    The watchdog wants the South African Police Service Act 68 of 1995 and the IPID Act 1 of 2011 declared unconstitutional and invalid, to the extent that they fail to preclude SAPS members from undertaking or overseeing investigations of IPID members when they have a personal interest in such investigations or are themselves the subjects of IPID investigations.

    'Hostile to IPID'

    Mahlangu and Binang were served with summonses to appear in court on May 30 to face charges of fraud, conspiracy to contravene section 33(5) of the IPID Act, extortion, and contravention of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act.

    The charges were brought against Mahlangu, Binang, attorney Sarah Jane Trent, and forensic consultant Paul O’Sullivan.

    McBride said there was no reason he could see why the case against Mahlangu and Binang was transferred from Kameeldrift police station to a team of detectives, led by Mabula, in North West.

    More worrying, was that IPID is investigating complaints against them.

    "I point out that the inter-provincial transfer of a criminal investigation is uncommon and only permitted in special circumstances that justify the additional expenditure," McBride said.

    Transfers of this nature necessarily involve either the provincial SAPS or national police commissioner.

    "It thus appears that the acting national commissioner and/or Lieutenant General Motswenyane either directed and/or authorised the transfer."

    McBride said the only inference that could be drawn is that the North West detective team was assigned the case because they would be responsive to the commissioner’s wishes and hostile to IPID, in view of the pre-existing investigations of them.

    The team – other than Ncube and Mabula – includes Lieutenant Colonel Mqaba, Captain Molathlegi, Lieutenant Colonel Dawood and Brigadier Kgorane.

    "Not only has the acting national commissioner laid charges against Mr Mahlangu and Mr Binang and not only are these charges being investigated by an apparently hand-picked team of SAPS members in another province. Rather, those hand-picked SAPS members have obvious hostility to IPID in view of the pre-existing IPID investigations against them," McBride says.

    Ncube is facing an IPID investigation on charges of contempt of court.

    Torture allegations


    The other members of the squad have one charge of torture and murder against them, and seven other cases of assault GBH for the alleged assault and torture of suspects.

    "The disturbing trend about the cases… is that it is alleged that a similar method of torture was used, which included tying victims to chairs, covering their head with plastic bags so that they could not breathe, and electrocuting them – including at times, on their genitals. The alleged offences involved the same SAPS members in most instances," McBride says.

    All the implicated SAPS members were reporting to Mabula. Some witnesses alleged that Mabula was aware of the torture and even ordered further torture on some of the victims, the affidavit says.

    Binang is investigating some of these cases.

    McBride said the application in no way meant that IPID members should be immune from investigation or prosecution, or are above the law. He said there were more than enough police officers to ensure the case be referred to SAPS members who are not compromised in this way.

    "In the financial year 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016, IPID had a total of 5 519 cases reported to it regarding misconduct by SAPS officials or municipal police officials. Of these, 3 509 related to assaults, 366 deaths as a result of police action, 216 deaths in police custody, and 123 cases of corruption."

    There are 200 000 SAPS officers in South Africa, which meant there were enough police officers, with no personal interest in the case, who could investigate the IPID officials.

    Payments in excess of R200 000


    McBride says Binang and Mahlangu found Phahlane "paid large sums of money into his bond in excess to the mandatory instalments" on his home in the Sable Hills Waterfront Estate. He made cash payments to suppliers, sometimes from plastic bags from the boot of his car.

    There were further questionable transactions, McBride said.

    "Amongst these were transactions with a company called Kriminalistik, a supplier of forensic equipment to the SAPS, and which is alleged to have benefitted from tender-rigging during the acting national commissioner’s tenure as the divisional head at the SAPS forensic division."

    Payments in excess of R200 000 were made to Kriminalistik via EFT, McBride said.

    On the evidence so far, they believed Phahlane had a serious case to answer, in "that he has used his office, authority and influence in unlawful act[s]".

    McBride said he tried to have Phahlane suspended. He wrote twice to then-police minister Nathi Nhleko, informing him of the investigation and asking him to inform the president and to consider suspending Phahlane.

    He wrote directly to the president, the chairperson of the police portfolio committee, and to Mbalula.

    IPID’s attorney Jac Marais, of Adams & Adams, said the respondents had until Monday to indicate whether they would oppose the application or not.

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    IPID, Hawks raid 7 properties in case against Phahlane, SAPS contractor

    Johannesburg - The net appears to be closing in on former acting police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane and SAPS contractor Keith Keating.

    News24 has reliably learnt that a joint operation between the Hawks and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) saw seven properties connected to the pair raided this week.

    It was recently revealed that Keating’s company FDA (Forensic Data Analyst) had allegedly received R5bn in SAPS contracts since 2010.

    In a letter sent to then acting police commissioner Lieutenant General Lesetja Mothiba, IPID said that Keating had paid for vehicles for Phahlane, his wife and sister.

    "The investigation has detected possible crimes of corruption, fraud and money laundering, facilitated by car dealer Durand Snyman," the letter said.

    IPID said that Phahlane, his sister, his wife, and a Colonel Potgieter (from the SAPS unit known as TMS) had received vehicles allegedly sponsored by businessman Snyman.
    The letter said that the vehicles were purchased under the fake name, John Doe, and that Keating paid for them by putting money into Snyman's account.Keating, IPID said, has a contract with the SAPS for the supply and maintenance of Rolfin lights, alleged to be worth R1bn.

    He also has contracts with TMS, which is where Phahlane's wife, Brigadier Phahlane, works.

    Corruption, money laundering allegations

    News24 understands that this week's raids were conducted under the direction of the Special Commercial Crimes Unit, and were part of IPID’s investigation into allegations of corruption and money laundering involving Phahlane.

    The searches were conducted by the IPID after they obtained search warrants from various courts.

    The properties searched included Phahlane’s home in Sable Hills, Keating’s FDA offices and home, Snyman’s office and home, Potgieter’s home and Phahlane’s sister’s house.
    Sources close to the investigation allege that a vehicle was seized from Phahlane’s sister's house; SAPS’s LCRC (Local Criminal Record Centre) equipment was found at Keating’s offices; and a bakkie load of documents was seized from Keating’s house and offices.

    "RFID (radio-frequency identification) tags, which the SAPS paid R374m for were found hidden at a construction site and never used," a source said.
    Documents which allegedly show Phahlane’s involvement in the cases against IPID investigators and IPID head Robert McBride were found at Phahlane’s house.

    Keating confirmed to News24 that his house and office had been raided.

    "My legal team are busy dealing with the issue," Keating said.

    'We deplore and condemn that kind of stuff'

    Phahlane said it was police procedure that he could not comment on police investigations that were underway.

    IPID spokesperson Moses Dlamini said they could not comment on an ongoing investigation.

    Last week, the police and the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) were asked questions, by the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa), about their contracts with FDA.

    Keating sat and watched the meeting throughout.

    Scopa chairperson Themba Godi said it was the position of the committee that the contracts with FDA were of a corrupt nature, and that they wanted them cancelled.

    "For the first time in this Parliament, the person who is alleged [to be connected to] irregular procurements came and sat throughout the meeting, Mr Keith Keating, without any hint of shame or embarrassment. We deplore and condemn that kind of stuff," Godi said.

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    He's been taking lessons in obfuscation and diversion. Shame, hurts when the shoe is on the other foot: http://ewn.co.za/2017/12/07/phahlane...-as-propaganda

    Former acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane says that media reports about his home being raided are propaganda.
    He called into Talk Radio 702 on Wednesday night, saying that he was not contacted for comment and denied the claims.

    “It’s unfortunately propaganda that continues to be spearheaded. Firstly, I don’t have seven properties, I see you say I have seven properties. I read the EWN article. I only have one house that’s in my name.”

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    https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/N...ption-20180207

    Former acting police commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane, his wife and a car dealer are expected to hand themselves in to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) tomorrow morning to be charged with corruption.

    News24 has reliably learnt that the suspended general will then appear in the Pretoria Commercial Crimes Court.
    Edit: Brain-fart. Removed second post since it looked like a duplicate: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/N...ption-20180208

    Former acting police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane, his wife Beauty Phahlane and car dealer Durand Snyman appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria on Thursday morning, after handing themselves to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

    The Phahlanes and Snyman, who have been charged with corruption, were each granted R10 000 bail and the case was postponed to March 12.
    Last edited by Gordon_R; 08-02-2018 at 02:18 PM. Reason: Accidentally deleted post.

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    Snyman said he sponsored the cars, but IPID has said they can prove this was not the case.
    Yeah right...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TysonRoux View Post
    Maybe his wife took over from Cele's wife.
    Cele and Cwele are swingers?
    Yeah whatever mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by ɹǝuuᴉM View Post
    All people are corrupt .... in the ANC. And people are asking why the economy is stagnating. Viva ANC Viva.
    Blind to private sector corruption?
    Yeah whatever mate

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    Interesting story that private investigator Paul O'Sullivan has helped put two national police commissioners behind bars: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/arti...strikes-again/

    It’s insane, really, that a private individual should have played a significant role in ensuring, in a little over 16 years, that two SAPS National Police Commissioners have found themselves in the dock accused of fraud and corruption. As former acting National Commissioner, Khomotso Phahlane, his wife and a Pretoria car dealer appeared in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes court on Thursday, forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan vowed to continue exposing high-level corrupt cops and other officials who have captured SAPS and who have been running it like a branch of a criminal syndicate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon_R View Post
    Interesting story that private investigator Paul O'Sullivan has helped put two national police commissioners behind bars: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/arti...strikes-again/
    You are going to have Glock26 on your ass very soon...

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    #KhomotsoPhahlane: Court papers list 'sponsored' luxury cars

    Pretoria - Disgraced former acting national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane, his wife Brigadier Beauty Ntombizodwa Phahlane and a Pretoria businessman Durandt Snyman were on Thursday released on R10 000 bail each.

    The trio appeared in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria, on six charges of corruption, amounting to R900 000. Their matter has categorised as a schedule five offence - a serious crime category.

    The Phahlanes are accused of contravening the provisions of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act.
    Some of the cars the Phahlanes received include a grey Landrover Discovery 4, a silver Nissan Navara, Toyota Hilux 3.0, a grey Mercedes Benz C250, a silver VW Polo, and a silver Ford Rover.

    Keating, like Phahlane, denies any corrupt dealings and claimed Phahlane did not get his cars from him.
    More at: https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-afr...-cars-13175789
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    ‘Strong enough case' against #KgomotsoPhahlane, wife‘Strong enough case' against #KgomotsoPhahlane, wife

    Pretoria - The independent watchdog which probes crimes committed by members of the South African Police Service (SAPS), the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) on Thursday said there a strong case against former national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Kgomotso Phahlane who is facing at least six counts of corruption.

    “Well, it’s a strong enough case, that is why people are charged and are appearing in court. If it wasn’t strong, they wouldn’t be appearing in court if it wasn’t strong. Which is what we have always been saying, that there is a strong case against the accused,” Ipid spokesperson Moses Dlamini spoke to journalists at the Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Pretoria.

    “The NPA [National Prosecuting Authority] has agreed with us, and they have charged the accused.”

    Gauteng NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwana said Phahlane “and two others” face charges of corruption and fraud.

    Phahlane, his wife SAPS Brigadier Beauty Ntombizodwa Phahlane and a Pretoria businessman Durandt Snyman were on Thursday released on R10 000 bail each.
    More at: https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-afr...-wife-13177117
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    Ford Rover? I am certain that one was sponsored, it's priceless.
    I am of a nation that would not allow that fear of death, of torture, of imprisonment, of exile or persecution should result in the perpetuation of injustice.

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